Everything Flows Onward

finding my dharma. living my dharma.

shine it inward October 14, 2008

Filed under: happiness,healthy spirit,light,thanks,words to live by — Jenny @ 12:38 am

I don’t want to dote on about the same thing two posts in a row, but I really just am impressed with the past 4 days.

I’m full of gratitude for the time I got to spend with Laura this weekend, for starters. It was great to have her here, in the city I’ve called home for the past 10 months. We did things, exploited the area more than I would’ve ever done if she hadn’t visited. Consequently, I developed a new appreciation for the state and city in which I live.

To top it all off, there was a splendid Monday. The work day wasn’t overwhelming so I could ease my way back in after a long weekend of fun. And, if it couldn’t get any better, I had a private yoga class with Chris tonight. Not on purpose, I just so happened to be the only one who could make it to the 4:30 today. So it was whatever I wanted to do, tips specific for me and my abilities and the chance to practice more advanced poses that you don’t normally get to practice in regular classes. I did a handstand and a headstand. I didn’t know if I could do it, but I did. Talk about a boost of confidence.

So what I’m saying by way of this recap, is yet again the Universe is taking care of me. It causes me to wonder what I’ve done to deserve this. But then… when I think on it. I wonder if it’s a question of “deserving.” Like I said last time, this is here for us to touch 24/7, we just have to be mindful of it. So maybe it’s not that I had to “earn”it, it’s that I had to get in touch with it. With the Universe. The Universe in me. Maybe, once you put your energy inward, positively, you see that the Universe is always offering you what you need. You just have to listen and accept it and be grateful. You have to realize it’s in the “small” things just as much as the “big” things. You just have to realize. To be. Maybe it’s not about being fearful of a god, repenting or walking a straight line. It’s not about deserving or earning it.

When I consider that we inter-are, then I question that idea of sacrificing and asking for happiness and good fortune. If we inter-are, then it’s all inside of us already. We just have to be there for the happiness. We don’t have to earn it. It seems to me that the Universe (in us) wouldn’t actually force us to earn happiness if it is us as well. That would mean it’s forcing itself to earn happiness equally as much as it forces us, and well… why would anyone want to be put to the test for happiness? Don’t we all just want it? Yeah.

And it turns out we all have it. There needn’t be a fight for it. There needs to be a light on it. Turn the light inward and we’ll each find all it is that we need.


Joy requires one to be awake,
Adjusting the heart’s ambience to bright.
Some prefer the dark, as is their right,
On grounds of agony, and to forsake
Not only bliss, but all that’s blessed by light.
-Nicholas Gordon

We all walk in the dark and each of us must learn to turn on his or her own light.
-Earl Nightingale

I used to love the darkness
But the sun is my new best friend
As soon as I embraced him
He put my misery to an end.
– Abbe Yeux-verdi

From within or from behind, a light shines through us upon things, and makes us aware that we are nothing, but the light is all.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson


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